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Engine Failure

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When we first made our move from the tiny suburban lot to our acres of rural property, one of the concerns I had was the reality that I would need to deal with small gas engines. I’ve never had a knack for mastery over the secrets of gas-oil mixed fuel, filtered intake air, carburetors, and electric sparks. If an engine doesn’t start on command, I am basically stumped.

There’s always the old “It’s flooded” explanation. When and why that phenomenon occurs evades me, as does the trick of not simply flooding it again on subsequent tries. I can pull the spark plug and pretend I know what it tells me, but that didn’t produce any desired results yesterday.

For the first time since we started buying gas-powered equipment after moving here, one of the machines foiled my plan to trim the growth on our trails by not starting. My original concern was finally realized.

I’ll try a new spark plug, but if that doesn’t bring it to life, I will be paying real money to have a professional service the trimmer.

It is a special blessing every time one of our engines starts without hesitation in the moments we seek to use them.

This makes me long for the ability to use a manual push reel mower to cut our grass. That was a machine that I understood.

After I was well frustrated by being foiled in my attempts to get that dang engine to fire, I decided to go stand among the horses. That is a priceless antidote for what ailed me. Cleaning up manure and turning the compost pile aligns much better with my abilities.

The horses continue to seem increasingly comfortable with their accommodations. Even the skies appeared to reflect how idyllic it is around here lately.



Written by johnwhays

May 16, 2021 at 9:08 am

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  1. They say we should be converting to electric machines, which certainly mean no hazardous noise. That said, there are many who say that these machines aren’t necessarily a way to produce less pollution because of how the electricity is produced and what it means to produce and dispose of the batteries. So they may be just a ‘fad’ disguised as being beneficial, especially to those manufacturing them. I still haven’t made the change, either, at the expense of my much depleted hearing.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    May 16, 2021 at 10:22 am

    • I would LOVE to rely solely on electric machines and charge them all from solar energy. Battery technology just isn’t quite there yet for the level of power and hours of operation you and I need to maintain our properties, no? That and the expense involved in purchasing…


      May 16, 2021 at 10:02 pm

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